1779 in history

1779 events chronologically

Jan 11 Ching-Thang Khomba is crowned King of Manipur
Feb 14 James Cook is killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii
Feb 14 American Revolutionary War: the Battle of Kettle Creek is fought in Georgia
Mar 3 American Revolutionary War: The Continental Army is routed at the Battle of Brier Creek near Savannah, Georgia
May 13 War of Bavarian Succession: Russian and French mediators at the Congress of Teschen negotiate an end to the war. In the agreement Austria receives the part of its territory that was taken from it (the Innviertel)
Jun 1 Benedict Arnold, a general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, is court-martialed for malfeasance
Jun 16 Spain declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain, and the Great Siege of Gibraltar begins

Top 7 most famous people born in 1779

Jan 5 Stephen Decatur a United States naval officer and Commodore notable for his many naval victories in the early 19th century.
Feb 21 Friedrich Carl von Savigny a famous 19th-century jurist and historian.
Mar 15 William Lamb 2nd Viscount Melbourne a British Whig statesman who served as Home Secretary and Prime Minister. He is best known for his intense and successful mentoring of Queen Victoria, at ages 18–21, in the ways of politics. Historians conclude that Melbourne does not rank high as a prime minister, for there were no great foreign wars or domestic issues to handle, he lacked major achievements and enunciated no grand principles. "But he was kind, honest, and not self-seeking."
May 28 Thomas Moore an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for the lyrics of The Minstrel Boy and The Last Rose of Summer. He was responsible, with John Murray, for burning Lord Byron's memoirs after his death. In his lifetime he was often referred to as Anacreon Moore
Aug 1 Francis Scott Key an American lawyer, author, and amateur poet, from Georgetown, who wrote the lyrics to the United States' national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner".
Aug 20 Jöns Jacob Berzelius a Swedish chemist. Berzelius is considered, along with Robert Boyle, John Dalton, and Antoine Lavoisier, to be one of the founders of modern chemistry
Sep 8 Mustafa IV the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1807 to 1808.

Top 7 most famous people died in 1779

Jan 20 David Garrick an English actor, playwright, theatre manager and producer who influenced nearly all aspects of theatrical practice throughout the 18th century and was a pupil and friend of Dr Samuel Johnson. He appeared in a number of amateur theatricals, and with his appearance in the title role of Shakespeare's Richard III audiences and managers began to take notice
Feb 7 William Boyce (composer) widely regarded as one of the most important English-born composers of the 18th century.
Feb 14 James Cook a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy. Cook made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, during which he achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand
Jun 29 Anton Raphael Mengs a German Bohemian painter, active in Rome, Madrid and Saxony, who became one of the precursors to Neoclassical painting.
Oct 11 Casimir Pulaski a Polish noblemanb, soldier and military commander who has been called "the father of the American cavalry".
Dec 6 Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin an 18th-century French painter. He is considered a master of still life, and is also noted for his genre paintings which depict kitchen maids, children, and domestic activities. Carefully balanced composition, soft diffusion of light, and granular impasto characterize his work
Dec 16 Emperor Go-Momozono the 118th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession.